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Public Participation Period

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There was no public participation at this point in the meeting.


To Approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 429 KB

i)       Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 14 July 2021

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 be confirmed and signed as an accurate record



Declarations of Interest

Members may make any declarations of interest at this point but may also make them at any time during the course of the meeting.


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There were no declarations of interest at this point in the meeting.


Update on Government/Local Changes in Planning Policy


Note – the status of Neighbourhood Plans in the District may be found via this link


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The Committee heard from the Interim Planning Manager (Development Management) with the following update.


Revised NPPF / National Design Code


A revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 20 July 2021:

alongside the National Model Design Code:


The policies in this Framework are material considerations which should be taken into account in dealing with applications from the day of its publication. (paragraph 218)”.


The changes, following recommendations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission were to “place greater emphasis on beauty, place-making, the environment, sustainable development and underlines the importance of local design codes.”


Greater emphasis on design quality

·         introducing a new test that development should be well-designed (paragraph 134). This says that “development that is not well designed should be refused, especially where it fails to reflect local design policies and government guidance on design, taking into account any local design guidance and supplementary planning documents such as design guides and codes”.

·         the test goes on to say that "significant weight" should be given to "development which reflects local design policies and government guidance on design, taking into account any local design guidance and supplementary planning documents such as design guides and codes". Significant weight should also be given to "outstanding or innovative designs which promote high levels of sustainability, or help raise the standard of design more generally in an area", the new paragraph 133 says. 


An emphasis on using trees in new developments

  • The updated NPPF introduces a new paragraph 131 stating that “planning policies and decisions should ensure that new streets are tree-lined, that opportunities are taken to incorporate trees elsewhere in developments (such as parks and community orchards), that appropriate measures are in place to secure the long-term maintenance of newly-planted trees, and that existing trees are retained wherever possible". It goes on to say that applicants and local planning authorities "should work with local highways officers and tree officers to ensure that the right trees are planted in the right places”.


Encouraging faster delivery of further education colleges, hospitals and prisons 

  • A new paragraph 96, which was not included in the January draft version, states: "To ensure faster delivery of other public service infrastructure such as further education colleges, hospitals and criminal justice accommodation, local planning authorities should also work proactively and positively with promoters, delivery partners and statutory bodies to plan for required facilities and resolve key planning issues before applications are submitted." 


Councils should 'retain and explain' statues rather than remove them

  • A completely new paragraph 198 states: “In considering any applications to remove or alter a historic statue, plaque, memorial or monument (whether listed or not), local planning authorities should have regard to the importance of their retention in situ and, where appropriate, of explaining their historic and social context rather than removal." 


Tightened rules governing when isolated homes in the countryside can be acceptable


143218 - Marquis of Granby, Waddingham pdf icon PDF 183 KB

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The Chairman introduced the first application of the evening, application number 143218, for change of use of public house into 1no. dwelling including removal and replacement of existing extension, update front and rear windows, and install patio doors - resubmission of 142444 – at Marquis Of Granby, High Street, Waddingham, Gainsborough. The Committee heard from the Officer that since the report was published, two further objections had been received from residents of 2 Millstone Way, Waddingham and The Elms, High Street, Waddingham. He summarised these as follows:


·         The village needs a public house, now more than ever, and people value a centre where they can socialise.

·         Detrimental impact on the look and feel of the village centre to have new properties built in that location. Some comment are made regarding three storey design but this relates to a different adjacent application within the pub grounds.

·         It is unclear why this application has been submitted. The applicant should have appealed the previous refusal.

·         The applicant makes claims that are not material considerations namely one additional large house is not significant to the needs of local people. Smaller starter or family homes are needed for the rural community. The adjoining development is already providing two large houses; it is unclear how the site is highly sustainable; proper maintenance of the building would not have led to a situation whereby its appearance would be improved by the proposal; antisocial behaviour linked to the empty property is not evidenced; the pub also served food. It is not a material planning consideration to make assumptions about how the pub will be operated; window refurbishment costs need to be met regardless of the outcome of this application; repair costs are inflated and cheaper alternatives may be available and could be phased; internal layout changes are not a reason for non viability; It is disingenuous to put forward the costs of refurbishing the kitchen as a reason for non viability of the pub as this is ultimately a decision based on the business model to be adopted; the cellar has always been damp and had water ingress and this is due to local land levels; water used to bubble up through the car park; previous tenants claimed the cellar kept the beer in good condition.

·         It is the owners responsibility to maintain the building. This is how tenants and customers are attracted. This has not been the case for this pub.

·         The village hall serves different community purposes and is not suitable for pub use without significant structural changes that would affect current users renting the space.

·         The addition of other services is a matter for operators to consider.

·         During the consultations around developing a neighbourhood plan many alternative streams of revenue were considered such as hosting rural based events. The potential to develop a proper community hub was considered. This avenue was closed when outline planning permission was granted for residential development in the pub grounds.

·         Waddingham Parish Council has no significant capital assets  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.


143270 - Laughton Road, Blyton pdf icon PDF 376 KB

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The Chairman introduced the second planning application, number 143270 for the construction of manege with 3no. lighting columns on land at 9 Laughton Road, Blyton, Gainsborough. The Officer explained that, since the publication of the report, two further responses had been received. He confirmed that Lincolnshire County Council Minerals and Waste Team raised no objections regarding the impact on mineral resources and Lincolnshire County Council Highways raised no objections to the impact on the public highway. With no registered speakers, the Chairman invited comments from Members of the Committee.


There were enquiries regarding the hours of use for the lighting of the area, the materials used for the surface of the manege as well as whether it would be for personal or business use. The Officer confirmed that the hours of lighting would be conditioned for use between 8am and 8pm, the use of shredded carpet was a usual floor covering and no concerns had been raised by the Environment Protection Officer and the use would be considered business use.


With these queries clarified, and having been proposed and seconded, on taking the vote it was unanimously agreed that permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions.


1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.


Reason: To conform with Section 91 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).


2. No development shall take place until, suitably qualified contaminated land assessments and associated remedial strategy with none technical summaries, conclusions and recommendations, together with a timetable of works, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and the measures approved in that scheme shall be fully implemented. [Outcomes shall appropriately reflect end use and when combining another investigative purpose have a dedicated contaminative summary with justifications cross referenced]. The scheme shall include all of the following measures unless the LPA dispenses with any such requirement specifically in writing:


a) The contaminated land assessment shall include a desk study to be submitted to the LPA for approval. The desk study shall detail the history of the site uses and propose a site investigation strategy based on the relevant information discovered by the desk study. The strategy shall be approved by the LPA prior to investigations commencing on site.


b) The site investigation, including relevant soil, soil gas, surface and groundwater sampling, shall be carried out by a suitably qualified and accredited consultant/contractor in accordance with a Quality Assured sampling and analysis methodology.


c) A site investigation report detailing all investigative works and sampling on site, together with the results of analysis, risk assessment to any receptors and a proposed remediation strategy shall be submitted to the LPA. The LPA shall approve such remedial works as required prior to any remediation commencing on site. The works shall be of such a nature as to render harmless the identified contamination given the proposed end-use of the site and surrounding environment  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.


Determination of Appeals pdf icon PDF 121 KB

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The determination of appeals was NOTED.